That tiny line of text on a phone screen sometimes has a whole story to tell.
That's the case in the new romantic suspense novel by Utah author Rachelle J. Christensen. In "Caller ID," Courtney Beckham is a spoiled, rich college girl. Her father gave her everything — a pony, a convertible, even a generous trust fund. But none of that helps her when she stumbles across a patch of marijuana growing near her favorite horse trail in the mountains.
The growers kidnap her and lock her in a mountain cabin. But Courtney is brainy as well as beautiful and rich, and gutsier than she first believed. She manages a look at the cabin phone's caller ID, and what she sees there changes everything.
There's not just one daring escape. Although a handsome FBI agent comes to the rescue, Courtney's no damsel in distress. The tables turn, and soon it's Courtney doing the rescuing.
The cleverly constructed plot twists keep the reader guessing right up to the end, and the caller ID function comes into play more than once or twice. The romance element felt a bit forced, with characters admiring each other's lips and muscle contours while in a fight for their lives, but everything stays PG.
There's plenty of action and suspense to be found, although the romance element keeps this in women's fiction territory. The Utah setting is not just a pretty backdrop but woven into the plot, with the familiar canyons and mountains playing a pivotal role. Courtney is a moral character and there's isn't any offensive language.
This is Christensen's second book with Sweetwater Press, an imprint of Cedar Fort. The first, "Wrong Number," was a Whitney Award finalist and was presented the League of Utah Writers Outstanding Book of the Year award. More information about "Caller ID" can be found at www.calleridbook.com and the author's website, www.rachellechristensen.com.
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What: Rachelle J. Christensen book signing
When: Saturday, April 21, noon-2 p.m.Comment on this story
Where: Barnes and Noble, McIntyre Center, 1104 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City
What: "An Afternoon of Local Intrigue," including Rachelle J. Christensen book signing
When: Saturday, April 21, 3 p.m.
Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City